Booking the correct vehicle

Vehicle Definitions & Dimensions

So that Condor Ferries can make your journey as safe, punctual and comfortable as possible, it is important that you give us accurate information about the size of your vehicle when you book.


In addition, the fare for your journey will vary depending on the size including items on the roof or rear racks (length and height), cargo and type of your vehicle. The correct height of the vehicle is also required as vehicles over 1.85m (inclusive of items placed on the roof) cannot be accommodated in all parking areas onboard. Please note the maximum laden vehicle weight is 3.5 tonnes (equivalent to 2 tonnes axle weight) for our Fast Ferry services. Any vehicle exceeding this will be refused boarding.


If you travel in a vehicle with different dimensions to those on your booking form, you will be liable to an excess charge at the port of departure, and may be refused carriage.

Commercial Vehicles, Vans & Goods

Vans Heights

The fares quoted online are valid only for standard vehicles or camping/luggage trailers used for leisure travel reasons and so do not apply to exceptional vehicles including but not limited to panel sided vehicles, trailers (other than those listed on our Taking your trailer page) and any other vehicles designed for the carriage of goods regardless of whether you are booking for commercial or leisure reasons.


Any booking for a freight type vehicle where the cargo differs between outbound and return journey will be assessed as a commercial freight movement and charged accordingly.


Leisure travellers who wish to book an extraordinary vehicle such as a van or larger trailer for personal recreational travel for their holiday or other leisure travel reason can book over the phone on 0845 609 1024 or in our port offices and they will be charged rates which are based on our leisure travel tariffs taking into account the dimensions and weight of their vehicle. In most cases when booking these vehicles you will be asked to complete a short consignment note to assist in customs clearance and our port and reservations team will be happy to help you with this.


Guests who are travelling with personal or household goods, who are moving themselves should carefully review our moving house page Guests travelling with commercial goods carried in private vehicles or vans requiring documentation and presentation to Customs and Excise will be charged as freight.


For further details regarding commercial vehicles and goods enquiries please use the following information or visit our freight website


Conventional Ferry Freight Bookings and New Guests
Tel: 01481 728620 Fax: 01481 728521 or email len.lepage@condorferries.co.uk


Fast Ferry Freight Booking
Tel: 0845 609 1037 Fax: 01305 760776 or email nicholas.mowlem@condorferries.co.uk


Vehicle Dimensions

Car Heights
Cars Low SUV/MPV Car with Roof Rack SUV/MPV

Up to 5m in length and 1.85m high.

Height

It is essential to declare the correct height of your vehicle as vehicles over 1.85m (inclusive of items placed on the roof) cannot be accommodated in all parking areas onboard.

Length

Condor Ferries standard car length accommodates vehicles up to 5m in length (not including trailers or rear racks which must be booked as extras). It is important that you book your SUV or MPV using the right category and reflecting the roof height in your choice, failure to do so will result in you being liable to an excess charge at the port of departure, and you may be refused carriage.

If you wish to book a vehicle plus trailer including caravans, boat and car trailers , motorhomes or any vehicle with a trailer where the combined length of the vehicle from the bonnet to the end of the trailer exceeds 6.5m long you should contact 0845 609 1024 to make your booking.

Rear Rack

Condor Ferries charges a small supplement for rear bicycle racks, which must be declared at time of booking. Bicycles stacked on the roof of vehicles/trailers are not currently charged for, but must be declared as part of the overall height of the vehicle or vehicle trailer.

Caravans, Motorhomes

vehicle heights
Passenger Van Campervan Motorhome Motorised Horsebox

Up to 5.5m in length and 3.1m high. Maximum weight 3.5 tonnes. Horsebox dimensions vary, please supply full dimensions when booking.

As we need to know the total length of your vehicle, the height and weight, please call our reservations team on 0845 609 1024 to make a booking. For more information on travelling in a motorhome or with a towed caravan or trailer please visit the Plan Your Trip section.

For comprehensive details on vehicle definitions and dimensions please visit Taking your caravan.

Trailers

It is possible to book the following trailers online and at the time of booking the exact dimensions of the towed trailer is required as rates vary according to size. The maximum width of a trailer eligible for carriage on the fast ferries in all circumstances is 2.2m. The standard length is 5.5m though it is possible to book a longer trailer on payment of a small supplement. The maximum weights vary by trailer type. The maximum dimensions for trailers on the fast ferry are shown below by category. Please note, one way trailer loads will be treated as commercial freight and priced accordingly.

  • Dinghy Trailers

    Dinghy Trailers

    Standard length 5.5m metres and 3.1m high. Maximum weight is 750kg.

  • Motorboat/speedboat Trailer

    Boat Trailers

    Standard length 5.5m maximum length up to 6.5m on payment of a small supplement. Maximum height of 3.1m. Standard weight 2000kg for a single axle trailer and up to 3500 kg for a double axle trailer. Single jetskis or wetbikes should be booked as motorbike trailers.

  • Motorbike Trailers

    Motorbike Trailers

    Standard length 4m and up to 1.85m high. Standard weight 1000kg.

  • Car Trailers

    Car Trailers

    Standard length 5.5m and up to 1.85m high. Standard weight 3500kg.

  • Baggage Trailers

    Baggage Trailers

    Up to 1.85m in length and up to 1.85m high. Standard weight 500kg

  • Camping Trailers

    Camping Trailers

    Up to 4m in length and up to 1.85m high Standard weight 1000kg.
    For information on other kinds of trailers such as horse boxes or motorised horse boxes please refer to our page about travelling with your horse or please contact our reservations team on 0845 609 1024.


For all other kinds of trailers or if you are unsure which category your trailer falls into, please contact our reservations team on 0845 609 1024.


Conventional Ferry Freight Bookings and New Guests
Tel: 01481 728620 Fax: 01481 728521 or email len.lepage@condorferries.co.uk


Fast Ferry Freight Booking
Tel: 0845 609 1037 Fax: 01305 760776 or email nicholas.mowlem@condorferries.co.uk